Durham University Online MBA
Flexibility is at the heart of the Durham Online MBA programme as you can personalise your programme to meet your career goals. You can study fully online, complete some of your learning at Durham, and undertake relevant optional modules.
The global spread of students, alumni and faculty will give you the ability to network virtually with people from across the world, and from a wide-range of business sectors.
Online MBA in detail
Structured around a two year study calendar, you can choose to undertake the programme 100% online or take a blended approach where you combine your online learning with residential modules. Whichever way you choose, our comprehensive induction will equip you with an essential toolkit of study skills to help you prepare for your MBA.
Our virtual learning environment is at the heart of your Online MBA experience. Through this you will receive online lectures, podcasts and webinars, as well as participating in a range of e-learning activities, discussion boards and virtual group work. There is a virtual campus, complete with powerful social networking tools to keep you in touch with your fellow students wherever they are in the world.
This virtual campus is supported with an annual Summer School held here in Durham, which brings together students from around the world to provide support and inspiration to drive you forward.
You will be expected to devote around 15 hours per week to study, and if you choose to undertake core modules at Durham these will typically take place in April and October.
Your online personal career advancement service is also core to the Online MBA programme, accelerating your leadership capabilities to realise your full potential. Gaining global business experience is also an option through the International Business in Context module, which will give you the ability to operate within an international business environment.
You will complete:
- Five core modules
- Two optional modules
- Strategic Case Analysis
Five core modules
These are the foundation of your programme – establishing the management knowledge, understanding and research skills every leader needs.
- Accounting, Finance and Economics
- Leading and Managing People
- Operations and Technology
- Strategic Management
Two optional modules
Depending on your career aspirations, you can either choose to study two optional modules that you find particularly interesting and most relevant to your future career.
Or alternatively, you can choose to study two modules within a structured pathway focusing on the area of entrepreneurship, consultancy or technology.
Modules on offer are dependent on demand, but in previous years have included:
- New Venture Creation
- Management Consultancy
- Project Management
- Business Analytics
- Technology Innovation
- International Business in Context
- Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation,
- Consultancy: Management Consultancy and Project Management, or
- Technology: Business Analytics and Technology Innovation
Strategic Case Analysis
The Strategic Case Analysis replaces the traditional university dissertation. It is an in-depth study of key organisational issues, which is more in keeping with the needs of business and management today. It is an opportunity to apply the knowledge you have acquired through core and optional modules to a project that is of relevance to you, for example in your own organisation, a supplier, a competitor or another organisation in the private, public or voluntary sector.
The Online MBA Summer School brings together students from around the world to provide support and inspiration to drive you forward.
This optional Summer School usually takes place during a week in July, and gives you the opportunity to study optional modules and take part in a rich menu of personal advancement workshops.
Hosted by the Business School, in the beautiful city of Durham, the Summer School also includes stimulating speaker events, a variety of social events, and a truly unique opportunity to taste the Durham experience.